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'Be My Slave' photo shoot shocks

Fashion designer denies a racist angle to the shoot, but others disagree.

By Kim Anne May 16, 2013 5:14PM

Photo: Aamna Aqeel via FacebookFashion designer Aamna Aqeel’s “Be My Slave” photo shoot is getting a lot of heat for accusations of racism.Photo: Aamna Aqeel via Facebook

The images, published in Pakistan fashion magazine Diva, show a dark-skinned child gratifying a model dressed in Aqeel’s clothing, holding her umbrella and performing other various acts of labor. Photo: Aamna Aqeel via Facebook

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“The images are repulsive with racist and colonialist overtones. The fact that the slave in the advertisements is a child makes the images that much more inexcusable,” writes the Express Tribune. “The use of a dark-skinned child in a shoot entitled ‘Be My Slave’ certainly reeks of racism, however much the designer may deny it. And if anything, the shoot seems to condone child labor.”

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But the designer herself is denying any association with racism whatsoever. She says contrary to what everyone is saying, the shoot was actually designed to spark a debate on child labor.

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Aug 25, 2014 6:51PM
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Normally I don't get involved with these type of things but those pictures are pretty clear cut. If she was trying to make a political statement, she should have probably cleared that up ahead of time, because those look pretty bad.
Apr 30, 2014 6:23PM
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Is this Donald Sterlings girlfriend?
Jan 28, 2014 8:29PM
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And for the record, I have NOTHING against black people in these photos with a white woman. Like Madonna, I firmly believe that everyone should own one too.
Jan 28, 2014 8:26PM
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Wait, isn't this just a picture of Madonna and her kid at the Grammies?
Jan 3, 2014 6:55PM
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Who cars it's a freaking ad.

If the pictures upset you then don't buy her clothes.

I'm sure that "slave" was well paid for his tough labor.

Geez, the African "war-lord" sold their people into slavery but the Afro-Americans spend all their time giving the white man flack for slavery? 

No wonder the African people never seem to get ahead. 

Move on people.. it's the only way to grow. Take a cue from the Jews, instead of spending all their time stewing over the Germans they just worked their asses off and in a generation they were wildly successful all over the world.

Dec 30, 2013 7:51PM
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I think what the designer said makes sense, to put the light on child labor.  looking at these pictures and the title of the shoot, before even reading the article, the thought that came to my mind was who do we rely on to make our lives possible?  Our clothes, our products...made by children in another country.  After reading the article and the designers response I think that was her point. Not racism but for people to realize where their products come from and make changes about it
Dec 27, 2013 4:56PM
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Wow real slaves not paid models omg
May 23, 2013 10:42PM
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Disgusting theme, and ugly clothes... now that sex doesn't have the same shock value they have to resort to something as despicable as slavery to get attention...  How about an ad that features AMERICAN workers, that are ADULTS, sitting behind sewing machines.. with the models posing.. that sends the message too.   Give me a break with that lame excuse from the designer... even NEGATIVE attention is still attention. 
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